Untouched healthy woodland and wetland covers two-thirds of the 363-hectare site, providing visitors with the surprising opportunity to explore pristine environments within an hour's drive from Melbourne. Eleven hectares of gardens containing over 100,000 plants, all native, ranging from delicate orchids to towering eucalypts, delight the visitor at every turn, with another 10 hectares to be developed. Various gardens feature the diversity of Australian flora that has evolved to cope with the climatic variations this ancient island continent offers.
The Trig Point Lookout gives 360º views across south-eastern Victoria including Westernport and Port Phillip Bays, Mount Macedon and the Melbourne CBD.
A delicious lunch of afternoon tea in the restaurant is the perfect way to complement your day in these ever-changing and surprising gardens. I say 'surprising' because, if you thought like I did for many years that Australian native plants were dull and boring, these gardens will prove that nothing could be further from the truth. Added to their beauty is their hardiness and resiliance in our harsh climatic conditions.
(Please click on the photos to enlarge for a closer look as some of these beautiful plants.)
The Red Garden represents Australia's 'red centre'